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Former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu found dead

Former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu found dead

Former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead at his California home on Wednesday, the Associated Press is reporting on Thursday afternoon. Suicide is suspected.

Irabu has had a troubled post-baseball career, AP noted. He was arrested in Gardena, Cal. last year for drunk driving. In 2008, he was arrested for assaulting a bar manager in Japan after allegedly drinking 20 glasses of beer.

His death appears to be a sad end to a troubled life.

Irabu, 47, lived in Rancho Palos Verdes. He was a right-handed pitcher on the Yankees' 1998 and 1999 world champion teams. He pitched 11 years in Japan before joining the Yankees in July 1997 with a $12 million contract. In 2000 and 2001, Irabu pitched for the Montreal Expos and concluded his career on July 12, 2002 with the Texas Rangers.

He was 34-35 in the majors with a 5.15 earned run average and 405 strike outs.

—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

 

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